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Stefan Daniel starred in his home World Cup Paratriathlon race in Magog

Triathlon News - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 13:32
Canada’s Stefan Daniel tested his form at his first Paratriathlon race of the season, as he took on the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Magog, Canada, on 15 July. So far so good for the 20-year-old, as he won the men’s PTS5 category over Spain’s Rafael Solis Torres by nearly 20 minutes. Although having raced in able-bodied triathlons this season, Saturday’s race was Daniel’s first Paratriathlon since taking silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Daniel said he has been using his time to focus on his weaknesses, with the running discipline his strongest. “Racing in able-bodied events teaches you how to race smart and to race hard,” Daniel said prior to Magog. “It’s always a good challenge and it drives me to improve because I want to get to a high level in able bodied sport as well as Paratriathlon.” A second home win for Canada came in the men’s PTVI as Jon Dunkerley (1:12:04), who claimed his first international victory well ahead of the USA’s Alberto Guzman. Dunkerley pulled out a lead on the swim, before extending his advantage on the bike and run. The men’s PTS2 event saw a US one-two with Allan Armstrong (1:21:14) finishing ahead of compatriot Adam Popp (1:23:38). Japan’s Kenshiro Nakayama completed the podium. The USA’s Joel Rosinbum (1:12:27) claimed the men’s PTS4 victory ahead of Japan’s Chikara Ara (1:19:54). There were only five seconds between the pair after the swim, but a strong bike and run ensured Rosinbum’s place at the top of the podium. Another US athlete to triumph in Magog was Amy Dixon (1:18:27), who produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTVI event ahead of Canada’s Jessica Tuomela (1:26:53). The USA’s Howie Sanborn was the lone competitor in in the men’s PTWC event, while Australia’s Emily Tapp continued to build on her form in the women’s equivalent after securing gold at both the Oceania Championships and World Paratriathlon Series race in her home Gold Coast. The Paratriathlon World Championships will be held 14-17 September in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Stefan Daniel starred in his home World Cup Paratriathlon race in Magog

Triathlon News - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 13:32
Canada’s Stefan Daniel tested his form at his first Paratriathlon race of the season, as he took on the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Magog, Canada, on 15 July. So far so good for the 20-year-old, as he won the men’s PTS5 category over Spain’s Rafael Solis Torres by nearly 20 minutes. Although having raced in able-bodied triathlons this season, Saturday’s race was Daniel’s first Paratriathlon since taking silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Daniel said he has been using his time to focus on his weaknesses, with the running discipline his strongest. “Racing in able-bodied events teaches you how to race smart and to race hard,” Daniel said prior to Magog. “It’s always a good challenge and it drives me to improve because I want to get to a high level in able bodied sport as well as Paratriathlon.” A second home win for Canada came in the men’s PTVI as Jon Dunkerley (1:12:04), who claimed his first international victory well ahead of the USA’s Alberto Guzman. Dunkerley pulled out a lead on the swim, before extending his advantage on the bike and run. The men’s PTS2 event saw a US one-two with Allan Armstrong (1:21:14) finishing ahead of compatriot Adam Popp (1:23:38). Japan’s Kenshiro Nakayama completed the podium. The USA’s Joel Rosinbum (1:12:27) claimed the men’s PTS4 victory ahead of Japan’s Chikara Ara (1:19:54). There were only five seconds between the pair after the swim, but a strong bike and run ensured Rosinbum’s place at the top of the podium. Another US athlete to triumph in Magog was Amy Dixon (1:18:27), who produced a dominant performance to win the women’s PTVI event ahead of Canada’s Jessica Tuomela (1:26:53). The USA’s Howie Sanborn was the lone competitor in in the men’s PTWC event, while Australia’s Emily Tapp continued to build on her form in the women’s equivalent after securing gold at both the Oceania Championships and World Paratriathlon Series race in her home Gold Coast. The Paratriathlon World Championships will be held 14-17 September in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

Mola earns first-ever repeat WTS Hamburg win

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:45
Becoming the first man to ever repeat a win at the venue, Spaniard Mario Mola captured his fifth career sprint distance victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Surviving and conquering a mass pack that lasted throughout the race, Mola earned his win on the run, where he eased on by his competition on the five-kilometre course. The win not only put Mola in a tied position for most sprint distance victories in a career (with Jonathan Brownlee), but also pushed him to the position of most WTS sprint distance podiums in ITU history with eight. Mola said of his performance, “It might be, I feel really good today. Since the beginning of the race I think I swam pretty good, was able to stay quite close to the front in order to avoid possible crashes, I just heard that Fernando (Alarza) crashed so I hope he is okay, but then I felt really good on the run so I haven’t seen any times yet but I am very happy with the result.” “I am very happy when I am able to do a good swim and perform well. It does not always happen, unless you are one of those five or six guys you are going to be in a fight, but today I ended up successfully out of the fight and I am pleased with that.” For the second year in a row, the silver medal went to Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle, who similar to 2016 put forth a last second effort in the final metres to bypass the competition and get the second place. The bronze medal then went to Kiwi Ryan Sissons, who earned his first WTS podium of his career. With the silver and bronze going to Birtwhistle and Sissons, it became the first time that two elites from Oceania were on the WTS podium together since 2010. “I don’t know really, but I always seem to have that little something there I guess from my history as a runner before I made that switch to triathlon. I would rather not put myself in that position to not have to chase like that in the last 500 metres, but when it comes to days like today I am glad that it is there,” Birtwhistle said. “I love Hamburg, it is hands down my favourite race on the circuit. The fans are awesome, the crowds are awesome. Thankfully I have managed to have a couple of good races here as well, so really I am happy to be back and I hope it continues.” As one of the longest-standing races on the WTS circuit, Hamburg is always an electric and thrilling race for fans and athletes. With thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the elites, the men’s start list was stock full of...

Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Distance Win in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:14
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career. Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.” “I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.” The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd. Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.” Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short...

Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Distance Win in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:14
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career. Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.” “I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.” The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd. Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.” Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short...

Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Distance Win in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:14
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career. Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.” “I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.” The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd. Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.” Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short...

Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Distance Win in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:14
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career. Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.” “I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.” The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd. Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.” Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short...

Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Distance Win in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:14
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career. Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.” “I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.” The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd. Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.” Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short...

Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Distance Win in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:14
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career. Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.” “I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.” The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd. Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.” Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short...

Flora Duffy Collects First-Career WTS Sprint Distance Win in Hamburg

Triathlon News - Sat, 15/07/2017 - 17:14
It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. Collecting her first-ever sprint distance win, Duffy executed a breakaway performance that brought her into the finish line without a challenger in sight to earn her fifth WTS victory in her career. Duffy said, “I really actually can’t believe it. Coming into the third race I felt a lot of pressure, especially it being a sprint and in Hamburg, I have not raced here in years. So, I just really had to go for it, I tried to race fast from start to finish and I had to make the most on the bike because I knew that my run pace speed was not at the same level as some of the top runners are, so I just took a chance and luckily it worked out.” “I came out of the swim a little further back than I wanted to so I just really hammered the first part of the bike and I knew the chute was quite technical so I knew if I just hammered that into transition I would be ok. We were able to breakaway three of us, we were working ok, I was getting a little frustrated though so I thought I would attack and go solo and that ultimately made the race for me.” The silver medal went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who picked up the fastest run split time of the day (16:10) after the swim put her in a position where she needed to come from behind to get in the podium mix. The podium was finished then by Germany’s own Laura Lindemann who at a sprint finish on the blue carpet earned her a first-time WTS medal in front of a home crowd. Gentle said of her race, “I actually had a good start at the dive in, but to be honest I got squished from either side and got dunked for a little bit, it was quite horrific to be honest. So I just got onto my bike and did the best I could. There has been plenty of races where I have been in that situation, but I have been able to salvage a good result so there is no reason you should quit after the swim you still have two legs to go. This is triathlon, so I just tried to race as hard as I could and thankfully it paid off and I was able to come away with second.” Lining up for the fifth WTS race of the 2017 season, Hamburg always welcomes the elite athletes with thousands of fans filling the streets. With just cool enough weather for a wetsuit swim, the women dove from a pontoon for a short...

Athletes chatter ahead of #WTSHamburg

Triathlon News - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 15:40
Both current World Champions, Flora Duffy (BER) and Mario Mola (ESP) chatted with the media ahead of ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. The world best triathletes are back to one of the most popular and fan-favourite races of the season for the ninth year in a row. With the dynamic sprint course that enables on-site fans to get up and close to the action, Hamburg is always a showstopping event. here is what they think about it. Flora Duffy On whether last season was the best ever for her: “Absolutely. I think it will be pretty hard to top last year. Throughout the year I just kept doing one race after the other, and then I found myself in Cozumel, on the Grand Final, winning and winning the world title. It was incredible”. On her performance on the start of this season: “I am very happy. The start of the season was not very good for me, as I had a pretty bad injury and I had to pull out from Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast, so I was not very sure before Yokohama, but i think the extra rest actually helped me. I won my first two races, in Yokohama and Leeds, but I still have a lot to catch up the others”. On what she needed to improve this season after winning the World Title in 2016: “I had an injury at the beginning of the season, si I guess that my running was improving until then but I went too far. There are some really good runners on the circuit, like Gwen Jorgensen, so I thought I needed to improve mine a bit. It’s a long term plan, to improve my running for Tokyo 2020. Hamburg is usually a pretty fast course when it comes to the running, so we’ll see on Saturday so he race comes.” On whether she likes to be the favourite for a race: “Being the favourite definitely adds pressure and expectation on you, you have a few more obligations before the race, like coming to the press conference or doing some interviews, but it’s all about managing that. It is a privilege to be here and to be one of the favourites for the race, I really enjoy it, it’s part of the process”. On still competing also on the cross triathlon world championships: “Both events complement each other, but at this moment my focus is 100% on ITU and ITU races. It’s a bit tricky to race both events, makes my season a bit longer, but at the same time for me is fun, it’s different and it helps me to keep fresher and happier on the sport”. On her expectations for the race on Saturday: “Of course I’d love to win, but lots of the girls here have the same goal and expectations. I need to do the all...

Athletes chatter ahead of #WTSHamburg

Triathlon News - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 15:40
Both current World Champions, Flora Duffy (BER) and Mario Mola (ESP) chatted with the media ahead of ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. The world best triathletes are back to one of the most popular and fan-favourite races of the season for the ninth year in a row. With the dynamic sprint course that enables on-site fans to get up and close to the action, Hamburg is always a showstopping event. here is what they think about it. Flora Duffy On whether last season was the best ever for her: “Absolutely. I think it will be pretty hard to top last year. Throughout the year I just kept doing one race after the other, and then I found myself in Cozumel, on the Grand Final, winning and winning the world title. It was incredible”. On her performance on the start of this season: “I am very happy. The start of the season was not very good for me, as I had a pretty bad injury and I had to pull out from Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast, so I was not very sure before Yokohama, but i think the extra rest actually helped me. I won my first two races, in Yokohama and Leeds, but I still have a lot to catch up the others”. On what she needed to improve this season after winning the World Title in 2016: “I had an injury at the beginning of the season, si I guess that my running was improving until then but I went too far. There are some really good runners on the circuit, like Gwen Jorgensen, so I thought I needed to improve mine a bit. It’s a long term plan, to improve my running for Tokyo 2020. Hamburg is usually a pretty fast course when it comes to the running, so we’ll see on Saturday so he race comes.” On whether she likes to be the favourite for a race: “Being the favourite definitely adds pressure and expectation on you, you have a few more obligations before the race, like coming to the press conference or doing some interviews, but it’s all about managing that. It is a privilege to be here and to be one of the favourites for the race, I really enjoy it, it’s part of the process”. On still competing also on the cross triathlon world championships: “Both events complement each other, but at this moment my focus is 100% on ITU and ITU races. It’s a bit tricky to race both events, makes my season a bit longer, but at the same time for me is fun, it’s different and it helps me to keep fresher and happier on the sport”. On her expectations for the race on Saturday: “Of course I’d love to win, but lots of the girls here have the same goal and expectations. I need to do the all...

Stefan Daniel to step up Worlds preparation in Magog

Triathlon News - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 14:52
Ten months after winning silver at the Paralympic Games, Canada’s Stefan Daniel is stepping up his preparation for another global competition this weekend. The 20-year-old will compete in the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on Saturday (15 July) as he builds-up to the World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in September. “This year has gone very well so far,” Daniel said. “I haven’t done any Para races yet, as I’ve been competing in able-bodied races. I’ve taken lots of time to improve my weaknesses this year, and hopefully the hard work shows starting in Magog.” Daniel is no stranger to able-bodied racing having won the national junior championships two years ago and he says competing against able-bodied athletes has been a “vital part” of his development. “Racing in able-bodied events teaches you how to race smart and to race hard,” Daniel said. “It’s always a good challenge and it drives me to improve because I want to get to a high level in able bodied sport as well as Paratriathlon.” The University of Calgary student trains about 15 hours a week across the three disciplines and he hopes this weekend’s Magog World Cup will give him an indication about his form ahead of the Paratriathlon World Championships in September. “My aim is to win this weekend,” Daniel said. “This will be my first non-drafting race of the year, so it will be a good chance to see if I have improved in each of the three disciplines. I will know if I’m on track for having a good race at the World Championships.” Daniel will go head-to-head with Spain’s Rafael Solis Torres in the men’s PTS5 race in Magog. Torres will be hoping to convert his duathlon success to triathlon, but Daniel will start as the favourite. In the men’s PTWC event, Daniel’s compatriot Pierre Ouellet will compete in his first international triathlon since last July, but the USA’s Howie Sanborn is also in contention. Australia’s Emily Tapp will be looking to build upon her early season form in the women’s PTWC event after securing gold at both the Oceania Championships and the World Paratriathlon Series race in Gold Coast. Japan’s Kenji Hashimoto faces competition from compatriot Kenshiro Nakayama and the US pair of Adam Popp and Allan Armstrong in the men’s PTS2 race. Joel Rosinbum is aiming to bounce back in the men’s PTS4 after losing his USA title last month. In the PTVI events, Canada’s Jon Dunkerley will be hoping for...

Stefan Daniel to step up Worlds preparation in Magog

Triathlon News - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 14:52
Ten months after winning silver at the Paralympic Games, Canada’s Stefan Daniel is stepping up his preparation for another global competition this weekend. The 20-year-old will compete in the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on Saturday (15 July) as he builds-up to the World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in September. “This year has gone very well so far,” Daniel said. “I haven’t done any Para races yet, as I’ve been competing in able-bodied races. I’ve taken lots of time to improve my weaknesses this year, and hopefully the hard work shows starting in Magog.” Daniel is no stranger to able-bodied racing having won the national junior championships two years ago and he says competing against able-bodied athletes has been a “vital part” of his development. “Racing in able-bodied events teaches you how to race smart and to race hard,” Daniel said. “It’s always a good challenge and it drives me to improve because I want to get to a high level in able bodied sport as well as Paratriathlon.” The University of Calgary student trains about 15 hours a week across the three disciplines and he hopes this weekend’s Magog World Cup will give him an indication about his form ahead of the Paratriathlon World Championships in September. “My aim is to win this weekend,” Daniel said. “This will be my first non-drafting race of the year, so it will be a good chance to see if I have improved in each of the three disciplines. I will know if I’m on track for having a good race at the World Championships.” Daniel will go head-to-head with Spain’s Rafael Solis Torres in the men’s PTS5 race in Magog. Torres will be hoping to convert his duathlon success to triathlon, but Daniel will start as the favourite. In the men’s PTWC event, Daniel’s compatriot Pierre Ouellet will compete in his first international triathlon since last July, but the USA’s Howie Sanborn is also in contention. Australia’s Emily Tapp will be looking to build upon her early season form in the women’s PTWC event after securing gold at both the Oceania Championships and the World Paratriathlon Series race in Gold Coast. Japan’s Kenji Hashimoto faces competition from compatriot Kenshiro Nakayama and the US pair of Adam Popp and Allan Armstrong in the men’s PTS2 race. Joel Rosinbum is aiming to bounce back in the men’s PTS4 after losing his USA title last month. In the PTVI events, Canada’s Jon Dunkerley will be hoping for...

ITU confirms dates for WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Yokohama 2018

Triathlon News - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 09:47
ITU is pleased to announce that dates have been confirmed for WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Yokohama for 2018. The season will head over to the UAE again to start the ITU World Triathlon Series, with WTS Abu Dhabi taking place on March 2-3, while WTS Yokohama will take place on the weekend of 12-13 May. For the fourth year in a row, the Series will start in Abu Dhabi, which will be home again of the world’s best triathletes to kick-off their season. “We are thrilled to come back to UAE again, as is the perfect fit for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi and the magnificent venue will build on the competition’s success by helping us accommodate larger numbers in line with our objectives for this event” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. Abu Dhabi boasts a series of spectacular attractions, pristine beaches and some of the most picturesque sights, a perfect set up to start to the ITU World Triathlon Series for 2018. Only two months after the start of the WTS season, triathletes will travel to Japan for another edition of WTS Yokohama. One of the oldest races on the circuit will be ready again to welcome ITU races as the countries excitement builds towards Tokyo 2020. “Yokohama is one of the most amazing venues on our series. The city and the spectators love triathlon and they show it every time we go there, so we are thrilled to welcome them on our circuit once more, like they’ve been doing consistently since 2011”, said Casado. For the 2018 season, ITU has already announced the dates for the Grand Final, which will be hosted in the Gold Coast from 12-16 September, while Bermuda will welcome for the first time ever an WTS event, with World Triathlon Bermuda taking place in 28 April 2018. All WTS races will be broadcast live to a worldwide television audience as well as on Triathlonlive.tv. Last year, ITU increased the prize money for the ITU World Triathlon Series by $100,000 USD, with a total of $855,000 available to the top 35 men and women. With nearly $2.5 million US dollars up for grabs, the WTS remains one of the richest triathlon circuits worldwide.

ITU confirms dates for WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Yokohama 2018

Triathlon News - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 09:47
ITU is pleased to announce that dates have been confirmed for WTS Abu Dhabi and WTS Yokohama for 2018. The season will head over to the UAE again to start the ITU World Triathlon Series, with WTS Abu Dhabi taking place on March 2-3, while WTS Yokohama will take place on the weekend of 12-13 May. For the fourth year in a row, the Series will start in Abu Dhabi, in the amazing Yas Marina circuit, which will be home again of the world’s best triathletes to kick-off their season. “We are thrilled to come back to UAE again. Yas Island is the perfect fit for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi and the magnificent venue will build on the competition’s success by helping us accommodate larger numbers in line with our objectives for this event” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. Yas Island boasts a series of spectacular attractions, pristine beaches and some of the most picturesque sights in all of Abu Dhabi, a perfect set up to start to the ITU World Triathlon Series for 2018. Only two months after the start of the WTS season, triathletes will travel to Japan for another edition of WTS Yokohama. One of the oldest races on the circuit will be ready again to welcome ITU races as the countries excitement builds towards Tokyo 2020. “Yokohama is one of the most amazing venues on our series. The city and the spectators love triathlon and they show it every time we go there, so we are thrilled to welcome them on our circuit once more, like they’ve been doing consistently since 2011”, said Casado. For the 2018 season, ITU has already announced the dates for the Grand Final, which will be hosted in the Gold Coast from 12-16 September, while Bermuda will welcome for the first time ever an WTS event, with World Triathlon Bermuda taking place in 28 April 2018. All WTS races will be broadcast live to a worldwide television audience as well as on Triathlonlive.tv. Last year, ITU increased the prize money for the ITU World Triathlon Series by $100,000 USD, with a total of $855,000 available to the top 35 men and women. With nearly $2.5 million US dollars up for grabs, the WTS remains one of the richest triathlon circuits worldwide.

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